Fette Sau

Eater Review - Fette Sau

Fette Sau means “fat pig” in German. And fat pig happens to be a great name for a BBQ place. This one looks great, designwise and foodwise. If you’re in Brooklyn, go check this one out. I haven’t been, and I think it just opened, but next time I’m in Brooklyn, I’m so here. I’m a sucker for good design and good food.

Not since the original Long Island City Pearson’s, perhaps, has a location been as ideally suited for barbecue as Williamsburg’s Fette Sau. Kim and Joe Carroll, owners of the inimitable beer bar Spuyten Duyvil, had been scouting locations for their second venture when they learned that Tony & Sons, the auto-body repair shop across the street, was renting out part of its fenced-in lot and cinderblock building. The couple preserved the shop’s industrial vibe, outfitting the driveway with picnic tables and the wood-beamed, cement-floored interior with phonograph-horn light fixtures and stools fashioned from John Deere tractor seats.

The centerpiece, though, is the Southern Pride gas-and-wood-fired smoker capable of slow-cooking 700 pounds of meat at a time. An avid backyard barbecuer, Joe eschews regional styles, finding inspiration in local ingredients like Italian fennel sausage from a nearby butcher, and his own proprietary panela-and-espresso-based spice rub. (New York Magazine)

Picture above from Eater (they have a review on the place, too) and more pictures on Flickr. BBQ done right.

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
nr. Havemyer St.


7 comments so far

  1. Eric Stralow on

    I randomly stopped in last weekend. 7 days later my distended belly is finally beginning to level out.

    Everything there is basically ordered and priced by the pound. 1lb of brisket…1lb of flank steak…1/2 pound of pigs toes…etc. Whether you’re solo or in a party of 10, all of the elements of your meal are sliced onto a big metal tray…weighed…and topped off with complimentary slices of white bread. No plates. Just a big tray piled high with mounds of meat, sides, and bread. Plastic flatware is optional. Rolls of paper towels serve as napkins. Beer comes by the gallon. I’ve really never ever felt so gluttonous in my life. I have a love of meat and all, but that place is like some sort of depraved meat orgy. Carnal. Primal. Sloppy.

    I’d suggest A.) the flank steak, and B.) ordering about half of what you think you can eat. My 2 friends and I assumed that a pound of meat + 1/2 a side order per person would be about right. After an $80 bill, 3 doggie bags, and a painful walk home, I can safely say we overdid it.


    PS: Fette Sau smells like a hot dog. FYI.

  2. cincodemayo1 on

    Wow…now I really want to go! Thanks for the great breakdown. I’ll know exactly how to order when I finally make it there!

  3. Billy Bristol on

    Definately a place I want to try some barbeque. Great design!

  4. cincodemayo1 on

    Agreed. I hear good things. definitely worth a visit.

  5. Evan Read on

    I tried it a few months ago and am dying to go back. Unlike the first commenter I didn’t have a problem with portions. Things came in the right amounts. And the selection of unusual beers is great.

  6. JJW on

    I went there about a month ago after a stop at the Brooklyn Brewery. Awesome place! It was the perfect place to grab some bbq after a few hours at the brewery drinking some fine beers. Grungy, SAW-like decor with family style tables made it fun to socialize with the drunken people sitting next to us. Big jugs of Bluepoint brewery beer and the mason jars they use as glasses were a nice touch of bavarian bucher theme. I suggest stopping there when around the area.

  7. Meldon Van Riper Stultz III on

    This place is sick! Went into brooklyn for a twangy country show my buddy was spinning records at. He said to make sure I stopped at the Fette Sau for some amazing BBQ. He was right! Now I can’t stop thinking bout it… ya know, it’s always on my mind! I tell all my buds to hit the this place up when in town… Hope to get back soon, best food in years. The cook was super cool too, good people, good food, can’t beat it!

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